COVID-19 Update

2022 Season: Scheduled for May 20 to September 19

Current travel restrictions:

Canadians travelling to Manitoba from other provinces:  Currently only permitted to individuals who are fully vaccinated (2 doses + 2 weeks). Canadian travellers who are not fully vaccinated must observe a 14-day isolation when entering Manitoba.

The border into Canada is opened to fully-vaccinated Americans. **All travellers must use ArriveCAN to submit their travel information. If they are eligible to enter Canada and meet specific criteria, fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.

As per the current travel requirements put in place by Transport Canada, travelers 12 years and older will need to provide an official proof of vaccination to board the float plane.

Bookings: We are currently accepting bookings for 2022 and 2023. $800/person deposit required to secure dates.

Cancellations due to COVID or other: We will carry forward any deposits and payments forward as a 100% credit towards a future trip – no expiry date on credit

Covid 19 FAQ


Dear Valued Guests:

Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge is committed to giving each one of our guests a wonderful Aikens Experience.

The safety of our guest and staff is our highest priority. As such, we have been working diligently in preparation for this upcoming season.

Out of care and concern for all, we have developed plans and have secured the necessary supplies to perform our enhanced cleaning protocols.

Some of our implemented measures include, but not limited to:

  1. Actively monitoring and adhering to the latest guidelines recommended by the Federal & Provincial Government, Hotel Associations and other medical specialists.
  2. Every staff member will receive comprehensive training on our stringent sanitation protocols.
  3. Every guest accommodation and common areas will be disinfected daily with an electrostatic fogger.
  4. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in key areas:
    • Main Lodge
    • Bait & Tackle
    • Washrooms
    • Kitchen
    • Staff Residences
    • Laundry Room
    • Dock
    • Guest Cabins
  5. Friendly reminders will be posted throughout camp about the importance of frequent hand washing and social distancing.
  6. Each staff member will be required to fill out a health questionnaire prior to arriving at the lodge.
  7. Each guest will be required to fill out a health questionnaire prior to their trip.
  8. We insist that all guests and staff who are unwell remain at home.
  9. Blue Water Aviation has implemented the following procedures moving forward including:
    • All guests must bring and wear a mask(s) while entering the building, within 2 meters from staff and while in the plane.
    • All guests must be vaccinated to board float plane (effective October 30, 2021)
    • All guests must complete a health check questionnaire when arriving at the float base.
    • Planes will be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned.
  10. If a guest or staff appears unwell while at the lodge, they will be asked to take the Manitoba Government online screening tool. If required, we will follow up with inquiries to Health Links. If they are unfit for travel or work, necessary arrangements will be made.
  11. Aikens is known for the warm welcome on the dock. However, this year while wish we could all greet you with a hug or handshake, we will be pleased to offer you a contactless welcome at a distance, with bright smiles and an air hug.
  12. All of our cleaning products have been verified and are found on the approved lists as effective and proven disinfectants against COVID–19.
  13. The approved products are used in the cleaning of all areas at the main lodge and at the Outposts.
  14. All of the boats, including boat seats will be sanitized at the end of the day using the approved products.
  15. Our daily cleaning protocols include, but are not limited to tabletops, table legs, chair arm rests, chair legs, sofas, bed frames, night stands, washrooms, light switches, door knobs, patio furniture, beach furniture, coolers, all kitchen surfaces, high traffic areas, as well as any surface with direct contact of the staff and guests.

Manitoba is currently in the Restricted (Orange) Level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to halt COVID-19 transmission and protect Manitoba’s most vulnerable citizens. Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge is following all provincial health orders put in place by the Manitoba Government and by Manitoba Public Health officers.

Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge is following all provincial health orders put in place by the Manitoba Government and by Manitoba Public Health officers. As of August 28,  face masks are required in all indoor public place. This includes the office, the Bait & Tackle, the Main Lodge and Big Molly’s Bar. Restrictions and health orders are changing almost weekly. We are keeping up-to-date with the rules, and we will be adjusting as the season goes on, as directed by Manitoba officials.

We’d like to recognize and reassure our guests that although the trip may look different this year, we will continue to provide them with an Aikens Experience to remember! Your continued support is immeasurably valuable to us.

Thank you for being part of the Aikens Lake Family.

The place is absolutely Top Drawer in every aspect of the experience. Having dreamed about taking my 2 teenage grandsons on a fly in fishing trip for years I could not have written a better script. The accommodations, Food, equipment level of excellence was only surpassed by the people.

—Chip Michel,
St. Paul, Minnesota

You have paid attention to every detail and it shows. The cabin and food is the best I have seen. Lots of neat spots to explore, wish we had more time!

—Jason Mitchell,
Jason Mitchell Outdoors

It exceeded any expectation I had to the point that I’ve told my kids that if I get a bonus that’s exactly where we’re going. When you compare it against other luxury vacations, where you typically pay extra for a guide or various excursions, what you get at Aikens is a really good value. I’ve fished all over the world, from Alaska to Colorado to Costa Rica. I’d put Aikens over those in terms of the size fish you can catch and the quantity.

—Maria Bailey,

This week at Aikens for our anniversary has been absolutely the greatest gift! The only thing that would have made it better was if my dad and mom could have been with us.

—Amanda Paschal,
Parker, Colorado

They say “you get what you pay for” ... at Aikens you get more. They know what they’re doing, and it shows. Its called “The Aikens Experience.” The lodging is top notch. The food is outrageous! Aikens Lake is a dream to fish. The staff - how they find and keep so many polite, friendly, courteous, intelligent, and attentive people year after year I have no idea. They learn your likes and dislikes; they make you feel welcome and relaxed.

—Steven J Kuzmich,
Loveland, Colorado

People sometimes want to try new locations or lakes in Canada but I really do not know why our group would ever look elsewhere or even think about it. The fishing is world class and the accommodations and hospitality are five-star.

—Gene Reibel,
Omaha, Nebraska

We wanted to get a true fly-in Canadian fishing/wilderness experience, but be able to do that without having to spend two days traveling to get there. Overall, the experience was exactly what we wanted. Great fishing, great setting, great service and accommodations that allow you to really relax and enjoy quality time with your family.

—Tony Abena,
Edina, Minnesota

One of the coolest things about Aikens is you could have terrible fishing and have an awesome time there. Well-fed and well-served, plenty of beer to keep you warm. Tremendous service. Of course, the fishing’s great, too, but you have fun either way.

—Nate Siegal,
Salt Lake City, Utah

Incredible staff and amazing fishing. The accommodations are top notch and the food is first class. You won't find a better lodge in North America for pike and walleye fishing. The owners really know how to run this place. The memories made here are like no other.

—Jesse Bleeman,
Toronto, Ontario

What I love about Aikens? The ever present welcoming attitude that starts when you exit the plane and ends, well, never actually ends from what I can tell. The entire staff which is well selected and well trained, guides who make fishing fun and easy, the size of the lake (not too small for serious fishing and not too big for novices), the breakfasts, the shore lunches, the dinners, the awards handed out at dinner, the evening fishing with dock staff making sure your boat is ready, and the bar that gives you a chance to meet fun and interesting people to share a fishing story, a joke, or life story.

—Dennis Munson,
Solon, Iowa

Our guide really listened to what we wanted to do and tailored our day specifically to us. To me, the shorelunch was the highlight of each day. The shorelunch sites are set-up so well in very scenic spots. You can watch the Aikens videos and read the website about the fancy cabins, and the food, and how great the fishing and the service is, but one thing you can't really appreciate until you're here is how beautiful it all is.

—Paul Capecchi,
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

I’m an amateur rank fisherman and I caught a ton of fish, including a Master Angler pike. That’s what makes Aikens Lake so great, you can get guys like me that really don’t know what they’re doing, and you start to believe that you might.

—John MacDonald,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

My husband and my dad had always talked about going to Canada or Alaska, so when I got the idea to give them a fishing trip as a surprise gift I did about six months of research. Once I talked with Pit, I was sold. It was really a surprise to them. They were so excited, and they just had a wonderful time at Aikens. They enjoyed their dream trip, and I don’t think it will be their last time to Aikens.

—Debbie Nutter,
Elizabeth, Colorado

Pit and his team have done a wonderful job of putting together the perfect gem of an outpost camp. We love going to the Lost Lake outpost because it provides you the seclusion and serenity without comprising the nice luxury-type components.

—Scot Woolley,
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Four Seasons of fishing lodges. What's truly impressive is that ownership is constantly improving the experience. Every year you arrive and notice improvements. I'm just back from our trip to Aikens with my son. In the last 15 months he's been to Copenhagen, Berlin, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Venice, Croatia, Greece and Turkey – but said this was his favorite trip ever. He slept with his Aikens hat on last night!

—Greg Borca,
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Those young staff members make me realize that our future is in good hands. Every one of them are class act young people, such a joy to associate with when you see what is going on across the land. Thanks again for the great hospitality from you and ALL of the staff.

—Jeff Hall,
North Little Rock, Arkansas

Truly an experience you'll want to relive over and over. This father-son-grandpa trip went from being a once in a lifetime experience, to an annual fishing trip! See you next summer!

—Mark L.,
Winnipeg, Canada

Aikens is the perfect place for a family trip. The cabins are the best we’ve ever been in, the lodge is beautiful, and of course Pit and Julie are wonderful hosts.

—Jim Deleeuw,
Wisconsin President Organization, Group Leader

My husband and I never go back to the same place twice, but we loved it so much at Aikens we knew by the end of our first week we’d be back. It’s just how well they take care of you there. They make you feel like you’re part of the family.

—Denise Kozlowski,
Lake Oswego, Oregon

I’ve taken many large groups to Aikens and I always tell people beforehand how incredible the service is at Aikens. Every person has said to me at the end of the trip, “We believed you before, but I just can’t believe how good they treat you here!” One time Pit and Julie didn’t have the type of alcohol on-hand one of our guests was drinking, so they sent a plane out and got it.

—Ron Ball,
Westman Dreams for Kids

I call it a 5-star hotel in the wilderness. It’s the neatest place we’ve ever been, it’s like fantasy island.

—Joe Harrington,
Monticello, Arkansas

Each year we go somewhere as a family. We’ve been to Hawaii, Disney and many other places, but Aikens was one of the best trips we’ve ever had. Our trip was terrific, and my grandson loved every minute of it.

—Sherry Martin,
Cordova, Illinois

You think you’re at a Ritz-Carlton, you seriously get that level of treatment and amenities. Nobody in Manitoba can compete with Aikens for the quality of the fishing, staff, and facilities.

—Steve Andersen,
Lincoln, Nebraska

Trip number five and once again Aikens Lake out did itself. I thought it impossible for this wonderful place to get any better.

—Kris King,
NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations, 14 year NHL player and captain, and Aikens Lake Honorary Pro Staff Guide

From the accommodations, to the staff and especially shore lunch, the entire experience at Aikens Lake is unmatched.

—Dan Quayle,
Former United States Vice-President

The photos are amazing and like the memories, they will last a lifetime.

—Boomer Esiason,
Former NFL MVP Quarterback, TV Commentator, and Founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (against cystic fibrosis)